Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Community Living British Columbia (CLBC) funds supports and services to help adults with developmental disabilities and their families achieve their goals and live the life they want and participate meaningfully in the community. Connexus provides support to adults who are funded through CLBC to achieve their goals.

Connexus offers many ways to help you do what you want to do, whether it is to help with house tasks, job seeking or helping you budget your money:

Residential Programs
Adults with developmental disabilities who require 24 hour support are a perfect fit with our Residential Programs. Our goal is to provide homes which closely resemble a close-knit family unit, with ‘together’ meal-times, activities that can be shared by all in the home, and fun-time outings. A place where our clients feel they belong, can have friends over, share their lives and activities with their roommates and make their home uniquely their own. We currently have one home with four clients funded through Community Living BC (CLBC) and are licensed under the Community Care Facility Act. Clients are referred and contracted through CLBC.

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Community Inclusion

Self-confidence, decision-making skills, personal planning and self-determination are all areas that the Self Help Program will assist clients with. Clients who have developmental disabilities will maximize their independence in their home and within the community through life skills training according to the goals they have set for themselves. Individual service plans are created with input from the clients and their CLBC facilitator. The life skills workers support the plan by providing activities that teach cooking, nutrition, menu planning, grocery shopping, budgeting, household skills, personal care skills, socialization and job readiness skills and any other activity that may be required to enhance the clients’ independence.

Who can register: clients are referred and contracted through CLBC
Communities offered: Fraser Lake, Fort St James and Vanderhoof

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Semi-Independent Living Skills
Adults with developmental disabilities who need a little extra help with their independent living choice will benefit from the SILS program. Our clients live either on their own or with family. The life skills workers help with menu preparation, shopping, household skills, educational support, and budgeting. We can also provide any other support that may be required which will enable a client to maintain the living situation they have chosen.

Who can register: clients are referred and contracted through CLBC
Communities offered: Fraser Lake, Fort St James and Vanderhoof

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Supported Work/Vocational Incentive Program

We all look forward to the feeling of satisfaction in a job well-done. Adults with developmental disabilities are no different, and the Supported Work program assists clients in developing job readiness skills. Life skills workers will help clients access job-search/placement agencies, create a résumé, explore employment options and develop skills necessary to maintain paid work in our community.

Who can register: clients are referred and contracted through CLBC
Communities offered: Fraser Lake, Fort St James and Vanderhoof

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Community Living Programs

These programs provide supports and services to adults 19+ years of age who are diagnosed with FASD, ASD or a developmental disability. Programs are delivered based on the individual’s needs and desired outcomes. Connexus programs are designed to build skills and relationships and increase independence. Qualified Support Workers will assist with:

  • Building self-confidence, decision-making skills, personal planning and self-determination
  • Learning life skills such as cooking, nutrition, menu planning, grocery shopping, budgeting, household skills, and personal hygiene
  • Practicing self-care through healthy coping strategies, self-regulation and communication skills
  • Building relationships and personal support
  • Participating in social and physical recreational activities with a group of peers, or connecting with the community through personal interests
  • Accessing educational programs and employment
  • Supporting individuals and families to promote inclusion and advocacy
  • Accessing additional supports/resources and facilitate integrated and coordinated services

Who can register: Community Living BC determines eligibility and will contract directly with Connexus to provide these services
Communities offered: Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake, Fort St. James and surrounding communities.

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Senior Citizens

By the year 2038, an estimated one-quarter of Canadians will be senior citizens and the majority will want to “age in place”, in their own homes and communities. Connexus provides a broad range of free or low-cost services that support seniors to remain physically active, socially engaged, and as healthy and independent as possible.

Lifeline

Lifeline is an easy to use medical alarm service designed to reduce the risk of living alone. In the event of a fall or emergency, simply push the lifeline button (worn as part of a necklace around your neck or as a wristband), and help is available by connecting you to a trained Personal Response Associate. This person will determine your needs and send help quickly – 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Communities offered: Fort St. James, Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake

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Meals on Wheels

Our meals on wheels service is provided to people in the Vanderhoof area that are unable to prepare a meal because of physical or mental disability or they are unable to obtain the supplies to make a meal (often transportation barriers are the reason). We provide one hot meal per weekday delivered to your home within a f Vanderhoof city limits. The cost of the meal per day is $8.00 and this low cost is made possible by the generosity of our Meals on Wheels volunteers.

Communities offered: Within Vanderhoof city limits

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Riverside Place (Housing for Seniors)
Riverside Place provides modified rental apartments to seniors and/or people with disability who need some assistance in order to continue to live independently. There are 14 Assisted Living units and 18 Supportive Housing units. The programs provide support services such as one or two meals daily, weekly housekeeping and linen laundry, social recreation activities, lifeline emergency response system, and personal care (for assisted living tenants).

Communities offered: Vanderhoof

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Accreditation

Connexus is fully accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This accreditation ensures we are meeting internationally developed standards in the provision of quality services and is achieved through an independent, external review to identify strengths and areas for improvement based on objective program expectations and guidelines.

We provide services to a 150 km2 area with offices in three communities:

Vanderhoof
157 W Victoria St.,
Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0

Phone: 250-567-9205
Monday to Friday 8:30-12:00 and 1:00-4:30

Fort St. James
349 Stuart Dr West
Fort St James, BC V0J 1P0

Phone: 250-996-7645
Monday to Friday 8:30-12:00 and 1:00-4:30

Fraser Lake
298 McMillan Ave.
Fraser Lake, BC V0J 1S0

Phone: 250-567-9205
Monday to Friday 8:30-12:00 and 1:00-4:30

Thank you to our valued supporters: BC Housing | United Way of Northern BC | District of Vanderhoof | District of Fraser Lake | District of Fort St. James